Welcome to Strode College
We are delighted that you are interested in studying at Strode College. We provide outstanding specialist sixth form education and, whether you study A Levels, a vocational course or an Apprenticeship, we will help you to maximise your potential.
Ofsted 'Outstanding' sixth form education
We have a local and national reputation for excellence as one of the very best performing colleges in the country. This was reinforced in September 2014 when Ofsted judged that we are an 'Outstanding' college. Ofsted highlighted the outstanding quality of our teaching, support, advice and guidance and the resulting high levels of student aspirations, progress and achievements.
In 2015 our students once again achieved outstanding results for both A Levels and vocational courses. Our students' exceptional levels of achievement were recognised by Ofsted in October 2014 and by the government League Tables in January 2016.
Valuing individuals and maximising potential
We value our students as individuals. This is reflected in our approach to teaching and supporting students which was praised as outstanding by Ofsted.
This approach makes a significant difference to our students' success - we help them to achieve higher grades at advanced level than predicted based on their GCSE results. We know this because our record for outstanding student progress is shown in the league tables. For the third year in a row we are ranked in the league tables as the first of second best school or college in Somerset for student progress - this is the best and most consistent sixth form performance over the last three years.
Achieving your ambitions
Whether you want to go to university or into employment, your future prospects will be significantly improved by studying at Strode College. Our students are 16% more likely than the national average to get a place at university, including top universities and specialist courses. Many other students go directly into employment with great prospects.
Widest choice of courses
It is important to choose the course or mix of subjects that suits you and your future ambitions. We deliver the widest choice of A Levels in Somerset as well as outstanding vocational courses and Apprenticeships.
Specialist 16-18 education
We specialise in teaching 16 to 18 year olds. We have highly qualified and experienced teachers and specialist facilities. We deliver a wealth of opportunities to enhance classroom learning and college life.
With best wishes,
We have invested over £14 million in our college facilities over the past ten years including a brand new building this year for Higher Education and skills. Our students enjoy learning in a modern and dynamic environment and they use new technology and specialist equipment to enhance their studies. Our fantastic campus and facilities mean we can also offer a wide range of interesting and inspiring enrichment activities.
Our classrooms and IT suites are equipped with the latest up to date computer technologies, including two Apple Mac suites, industry standard software and we have a modern hardware room. We have a new CISCO networking suite which provides appropriate students with the opportunity to develop specialist skills and accreditation with CISCO. You can bring your own device to log on to our network.
Creative arts are a particular strength at Strode. We have a range of spacious and specialist work and studio areas to support the many art and design courses we offer.
This professional mixed-arts venue on the college campus has a diverse programme of live theatre, film, music and visual arts. We have a range of other performance and rehearsal spaces including our dance studio theatre. These provide exciting performance and exhibition opportunities for our students.
Our group and one-to-one practise rooms and recording studios enable music students to develop their skills and work on group pieces. We have two fully operational recording studios and a dedicated Apple Mac suite with a wide range of specialist music software, so students can develop skills across a range of music technology processes and disciplines.
Our radio studio, TV studio and dedicated Apple Mac suite are equipped with industry standard editing software, so students can develop their skills to a professional level.
Hair and beauty salons
Our range of salons provide students with the opportunity to develop and practise their skills in an industry standard environment with real clients. The salons are open from 9am to 5pm most days with some late opening. All students and members of the public can enjoy excellent service and a range of treatments using professional products at reduced prices. To make an appointment call 01458 844420.
Our training kitchen and restaurant allow students to develop their skills in a realistic work environment. Sports See page 124 for more about our wide range of indoor and outdoor sports facilities.
Food and drink
We have four food and drink service areas on campus, using fresh local produce where possible, to provide a range of options to suit different tastes.
Most students gather in the Refectory area at lunch and break times where there are three separate food counters. The main counter, which opens for breakfast at 8.30am, also serves a range of hot dishes, including vegetarian, plus homemade cakes, fresh fruit and yogurt during lunch. Our Deli-Bar serves hand held snacks such as toasted sandwiches, burgers, fries and pasta, and at our Cafe Bar, which generally opens until 4.45pm, you can purchase sandwiches, wraps, baguettes and Paninis, as well as pasta pots and jacket potatoes.
The Brasserie, which opens until 3.15pm Monday and Friday and 3.30pm Tuesday to Thursday, is located in a quieter area of college; it serves a variety of hot meals and light snacks with a focus on healthy eating.
As well as meeting your stationery needs, our college shop stocks most things you will need for your course including art and photographic materials, haberdashery, computer and audio sundries, stamps, and cards. If you can’t see what you need our staff will be happy to help. Other services include payment for trips, locker keys and printer credits; photocopying, laminating and document binding. The shop opens at 8.45am every week day and closes at 4.45pm except Fridays when it closes at 4.15pm.
Strode College Day Nursery is an outstanding nursery (Ofsted 2015). It provides a modern and exciting environment for children aged between two and five, including children whose parents are studying or working at Strode as well as members of the public. For more information visit our website or call: 01458 844412.
We are committed to developing an increasingly sustainable operation and environment including energy conservation, reduced emissions and water consumption and increased recycling.
We will make sure that you reach your potential by valuing you as an individual, monitoring your progress and supporting you with your studies, as well as your personal well-being and your university and career plans. We expect you to work hard and we will help you to succeed.
Every full time student is allocated a personal tutor who is responsible for your academic progress. They will help shape your individual learning plan, improve your study skills and provide information about health and social issues and university and careers options. You will have regular one-toone meetings with your personal tutor to discuss how things are going and make sure that you achieve your potential.
Parents and carers
We aim to work in partnership with students and their parents or carers and we are happy to discuss any concerns that you may have at any time. Regular progress reports are sent home and parents’ evenings are an excellent opportunity to meet teaching and support staff. You can find out more about our approach to learning and support in the parents section of our website.
Gifted and talented
We are committed to supporting students who are gifted and talented, particularly music and academic preparation for competitive university entrance. Find out about our `Strode Aspire` programme for academically gifted students on page 8, and about our enrichment opportunities for musically and vocally talented students on page 122.
Our Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is a large, comfortable and well-resourced facility where students can undertake quiet independent study or use areas set aside for working on group study activities. Students can use the library with computer suites, an audio-visual equipment centre as well as printing, scanning and photocopying facilities. The LRC has extended opening hours to assist students during evenings and holiday periods. Our qualified librarians are available to help with research and study queries and our staff run a series of workshops for students throughout the year to enhance students digital and literacy skills.
Students are also welcome to bring in their own laptops and tablets, and can connect to our wifi to access our range of digital library resources including: Moodle, our video library, ebook collections, as well as newspaper, journal and map databases.
All our students have access to professional, independent and impartial careers guidance. We can help you explore options for when you move on from college including employment, further and higher education. This individual support is part of a wider programme of careers education in college which includes careers talks, events and higher education open days.
Student support team
Our friendly student support team provides a wide range of information, advice and support to meet our students’ needs while they are at college. They work closely with other staff and with a number of specialist external organisations.
Additional learning needs
Students with identified learning needs, including study skills and keeping up with their studies, can access workshops and specialist support sessions. Students with additional needs such as learning difficulties and/or disabilities, or those who need additional support with access to college and equipment, should contact Mandie Holloway on 01458 844433.
We have a team of professionally qualified and experienced counsellors who provide free confidential support and an opportunity to discuss any academic or personal concerns you may have. Appointments can be made through the student support team.
Students can get advice and guidance on sexual health from the Young Person’s Clinic which runs once a week at college. You can sign up for the Condom Card Scheme, benefit from free Chlamydia screening and we provide pregnancy tests and guidance.
Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
We have a statutory and moral responsibility to make sure that we safeguard and promote the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults receiving education and training at Strode College. We are committed to:
- providing a safe environment for young people and vulnerable adults to learn in;
- identifying young people and vulnerable adults who are suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm;
- taking appropriate action to see that young people and vulnerable adults are kept safe, both at home and at college; and
- actively working to prevent students being drawn into radicalisation or terrorist activity.
Equality and diversity
We promote equality and recognise the diversity of our students and staff. Our aim is to provide a lively but safe environment for all, irrespective of: age; racial/national/ethnic origin; gender; religion or beliefs; ability; sexuality; disability; social background or culture.
We provide an environment which fosters a caring and supportive atmosphere where all students can fulfil their potential.
- Top 3% of state schools and colleges nationally for adding value over the last three years (ALPS 2012-2014)
- 250 students progressed to Russell Group universities over the last three years
- A Level Pass rate of 99.6% for A Level 57% of subject entries were grade A*, A or B 31 students achieved 3 A grades or above 82% of subject entries were grade A*-C
- Vocational Level 3 Pass rate of 99% for Extended Diplomas and 100% for NVQ Level 3 112 (53%) Extended Diploma students achieved 3 Distinction grades or above Extended Diploma national averages: 99% pass rate; 36% 3 Distinction or above
- Vocational Level 2 Pass rate of 97% for Level 2 Diplomas and 97% for NVQ Level 2
- Foundation Learning Pass rate of 100%
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Strode College directly.